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Hotels, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Two very different hotels are among our favorite places to stay in Santa Fe. The Inn on the Alameda creates a friendly, home-away-from-home feel and the larger Hotel Santa Fe adds the option of luxury with its Hacienda rooms.
DC's Food Trucks
Yes, you can—and should-- eat the street food in DC, but first you must know what to eat and where. Like many cities, the nation’s capital blooms with food trucks. Unlike many cities, DC’s meals on wheels include some tasty eateries that rival sit-down fare and cost much less.
Hard Rock Hotel, Dominican Republic
The recently opened Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Punta Cana, ushers in a new era for the music themed chain. The 1700 room property in the Dominican Republic is the Hard Rock's first all-inclusive. The beachfront behemoth, comes with a conference center, a casino and sometimes free concerts.
Dollywood surprised us. Instead of the tame rides and tacky décor we expected, the 125-acre Tennessee theme park delivered gut-wrenching thrills, engaging attractions for young kids as well as good music, all in a prettily landscape setting of dogwoods, rhododendrons and greenery.
Inspiring Adventure Quotes
There are many kinds of adventures. Skydiving and other extreme sports certainly qualify, but so does opening yourself to new experiences whether in your own city or through travel. That’s because an adventure results more from “how” you experience something that merely “what” you do. Here are some
Along Santa Fe’s Art Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico, rewards art lovers with outstanding museums and more than 200 galleries. We found many works we really liked, but just a handful that we could actually afford. No matter; the “hunt” proved exhilarating, the gallery owners were friendly, and the art, a gift to the eye.
Eco-Adventure Riviera Maya, Mexico
Eco-adventures abound in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. At Hidden Worlds, not far from Tulum, we snorkel underground rivers, pedal a SkyCycle at tree-top height, and fly along a zipline. What we especially like about Hidden Worlds are the choices and the small group experience.
Castle Hopping in Europe
Castles have always fascinated travelers and Europe claims some of the most intriguing. In these centuries-old palaces, see where battles, banquets and even a few beheadings have taken place, as well as admire priceless jewels and pristine gardens.
Book: the Best Family Destinations
Forget about doing the same old thing for your next family vacation. Buy Kyle McCarthy’s new book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Best Family Destinations and peruse nearly 200 choices throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
State Park Budget Getaways
Looking for an easily accessible, budget getaway with first-class scenery? Then, visit a state park. These gems, often eclipsed by the better-known U.S. National Parks, offer low-priced accommodations, but first-class scenery, literally as wonderful and varied as all-outdoors.
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